City surrounded by cliff faces

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
Trip End Jan 31, 2012

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Pension Dona Carmen

Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Decided to visit here because someone I met in Morroco had suggested it as a place that looked interesting and a place they wanted to visit. It was also near Grazalema NP where I was interested in doing a walk. Had originally planned a couple of days in Rhonda but decided one would be enough. Also given the bus timetable, it was viable to visit both Zahara and Grazalema without loosing to much time in the transfer between the two.

Had another early start from Seville and decided on not staying at the first place I tried due to the price being slight more (2Euro) than I expected (24Euro). Tried the place I had seen advertised for 25Euro and was glad to find that they also had rooms for 15Euro, with shared bathrooms.

After checking in headed through town to the cliff face. Got distracted along the way and stopped off in a bar to buy a cheap menu. It also looked cheap. Unlike the Camino where you could get a decent menu meal for a cheap price, everywhere else Ive tried, a cheap menu meant small serves or at the least very sinple menu items. Bar had a tapas menu item so decided Id come back later to try it.

On the bus ride into town the place didnt look as I expected, which was a city on a cliff top. What I didnt know was that the city was on a plataue and that the plataue was actually sloped so that only one side of it was a cliff face. Once I got across town I found the clif face and some really nice views. Followed this along until I reached the bull fighting (toro) museum. Rhonda has the oldest ring in Spain and spent some time wandering the different parts of the arena as well as the different exhibits of the museum.

Continued onto the bridge and into the old part of town which had even more of its circumference surrounded by cliff faces and a steep back end. Crossed over the gorge that separated the new and old towns and wandered around the streets a bit, visited an old manor, Casa del la Moro and Palicio de Mondragon (which had cliff top views) and made my way across town. Ended up wandering through the church, Inglesia de Santa Maria La Mayor, and past the church at the other end of town then fallowed the old castle walls that ran across the back of the plataue. At the bottom visited the old arabic baths (fairly ruined though the video was interesting) and then wander back up along the city walls.

Once back up the top decided to go down into the gorge since I had seen some people wandering down there when I had crossed the bridge. Once again someone was playing spanish guitar music in the background which was a nice touch in setting a peaceful type of atmosphere to the place that I really liked. Wnadered down the path then followed a small side path. Got to a small station of some sort under the bridge and got the impression that the trail I had been on probably wasnt a public one. No signs saying dont enter or private property though so guess it was OK. Had some nice views from the bottom of the gorge under the bridge.

Headed back and a bit further down the trail to another viewing spot. Had thought of going down but would only be taqking the road to the back end of teh city which I had visited earlier and decided it wasnt worth the effort so headed back out the way I came in. On the way back to the hostel ended up visiting a museum which I found interesting. Had lots of period pieces of common household things such as cariages, clothing, sowing machines, pens, fans, type writers, ect as well as some not so common things such as alchemist tools, animals in jars, microscopes and displays of inquisitors, mythical animals and witches.

Headed back to the bar where I had lunch and got the plate of tapas I had seen during lunch. Unfortunately though, there was nothing I hadnt already tried before. Managed to do a little bit of internet on the way back but ended up mostly backing up and sorting photos and planning the next hike.

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